The Costume Institute Ball, which traditionally gathers all high society at the New York Metropolitan Museum, is just a couple of days away. In anticipation of the event, I collected everything that is known about the upcoming grand event.
Met Gal takes place annually on the first Monday in May. This year it falls on the 7th.
The theme of the Ball is always determined by the exhibition, which opens immediately after the grandiose evening. This year it will be an exposition on the relationship between fashion and religion "Divine Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination". The curator of the exhibition, Andrew Bolton, visited the Vatican several times to arrange all the details with the Catholic Church. So, in addition to themed outfits by Coco Chanel, John Galliano, Cristobal Balenciaga and other designers, the exhibition will also feature 40 items of decorative and applied art from the Vatican, for example, details of the Pope's vestments that have never been exhibited outside of Italy before.
The theme of the exhibition also determines the dress code of the event. The organizers of the event are expecting appropriate looks from the guests: instead of “naked” dresses, there will be closed models to the floor, made of velvet or silk, richly decorated with rhinestones, lace or embroidery. For example, it is expected that many celebrities will choose Dolce & Gabban outfits - the design duo often rely on religious themes.
Last year's Met Gal was visited by about 550 people, according to Forbes. Traditionally, the short list of guests of the event includes the stars of Hollywood and the fashion industry. So, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Kendall Jenner, Priyanka Chopra, Blake Lively, Selena Gomez, Zendaya and others are expected this year.
This year there will be three of them: Amal Clooney, for whom this Met Gal will be only the second; usually one of the most talked about guests of the event is Rihanna, as well as Donatella Versace, who seems to have not missed a Ball in the last 15 years.
RULES OF BEHAVIOR
As at the Cannes Film Festival, it will be forbidden to take selfies at the Met Gal2018, as well as to smoke inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.